Saturday, 20 December 2014

A Different Christmas

Step away from the noisy distractions of a consumer’s Christmas.

Create space for your children, grandchildren away from the avalanche of empty promises that the consumer’s Christmas unleashes upon us. 

Build into your Christmas preparation moments of quiet reflection and play in God’s creation.  Walk in the snow, spend time with your children, grandchildren in a local park, make snow angels or roast marshmallows outside.

Act upon the spirit of creation that God has placed in each of us.  Make cookies with your children, grandchildren or create decorations to dress the Christmas tree, make something together.

Gather together in family activities away from the TV, computers, and electronics of all types – play together, outside or inside, tell stories, sing – be together laugh and build memories.

Share of your families’ skills, talents and resources in the service of others.  As a family purchase food stuff together and then take what you bought to your local food bank – do something for a neighbour.

Create traditions that protect your children, grandchildren against a consumer’s Christmas – traditions that create space for God’s love to shine through your Christmas.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Macaroons

Foodie FridayGluten Free Dairy Free

Christmas Macaroons with carrots

  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ¼ cups maple syrup
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Using two spoons drop small mounds of the batter onto a greased cookie sheet
  3. Bake at 350 °F for between 20 and 30 minutes.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014

Children’s Christmas Craft

Felted Garland

Felted Wool Garland

The grandchildren went back to the kitchen sink to play in the warm water with soap and wool roving and this time they made a Christmas garland to adorn our family Christmas tree.

In this craft you take:
  •  a small piece of roving,
  • wet it in warm water, 
  • soap the roving and 
  • roll it around in your hand, until felted.  
  • Set your felted balls out to dry.  
  • Once dry using a large sharp darning needle thread the felted balls together to form the garland.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Christmas Tradition

Keeping the Tradition Going

The girls Christmas Centre Piece

Great Great Aunt Elaine transitioned from this world to the next late in November 2014.  G.G. Aunt Elaine always brought the table decorations for our extended family Christmas Dinner and for the past 4 years Ruth and Emily have helped her decorate the tables ~ she called them her Christmas helpers.

This is the only event of the year that Elaine and my granddaughters visit with each other and as I explained to them about her passing, Emily asked who would decorate the tables this Christmas “we always helped her (G.G. Aunt Elaine) we need to do it for her!” And so it was that the girls and I sat down and planned the decorations.

Ruth, “She always brought the decoration is the same box do we have a box to keep everything in?” our table cloths, napkins, and decorations now have their own box.

Family traditions do not always have to be about the big things sometimes the important traditions have more to do with being “her Christmas helpers” and the willingness of an extended family to make room for Great Great Nieces to find their place in the family.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Going to seed

Four images of a palm going to seed. Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls